The Weekend Sun Competitions


  ‘Cirque Grande' – proudly presented by Zirka Circus, is on its very first tour of New Zealand. The all-new circus sensation presents world-class acts from around the globe. Prepare to be amazed and dazzled by the skill, beauty and strength of the award-winning international artists. “You...


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(Closes: 26-07-2017)

“We're continually grateful that Kiwis can laugh at themselves.” So says Andrew London, the man behind The Andrew London trio who are playing at the Omokoroa Boat Club on Saturday, August 12. And he has good reason to feel that way after becoming known throughout the country for his ...


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(Closes: 26-07-2017)

I was honoured to be asked to write the reviews again this year for the Ora King Salmon Awards. The Ora's were established in 2013 to recognise outstanding contributions from chefs working with Ora King. This year the awards are celebrating their five year anniversary by doing something extra special,...


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(Closes: 26-07-2017)


Competition Winners


Operatunity's cast of veteran musical performers are coming together on Friday, May 19, at 11am to perform hits from ‘Phantom of the Opera', ‘Les Miserables', ‘Evita', ‘Cats',...


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The Scholars Pro Musica, Tauranga's première chamber choir, open their 2017 choral season with a concert featuring works by Austrian composer F. J. Haydn. While the title of the work “The...


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It was the decade that gave us the Rubik's Cube, mobile phones, Macintosh PCs, Rogernomics, and some of the greatest music ever penned. A night of totally radical music from the 1980s will pump up...


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It's a story that traverses generations and hemispheres – and touches senses and emotions on the way. It's about an enduring rock star in the United Kingdom, an unshakeable fan 10,000km away...


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“Narcotics, noise and nakedness” is how frontman Booga Beazley sums up Head Like A Hole when their debut album ‘13' was released in 1992.   “We'd only recorded our cassette...


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Operatunity combines the two iconic musical forces – the tight harmonies and gorgeous frocks of the Andrews Sisters and the legendary swing style of the Glenn Miller band – for their next...


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Escape Masters is a real-life escape-adventure game experience in Tauranga's Red Square. The experience promises to challenge your thinking as you get locked in a room and try to escape. A group of...


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SunLive is celebrating 30,000 likes on Facebook and to say thank you to all our readers, we are giving one person a chance to stay at Sanctuary Palms in Pihia. In order to have the chance to go in the...


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Bay of Plenty pet owners can be in to win a kit of natural products, which both care for their pets and save on costly vet bills. Nita Maaka couldn't find any products she felt confident in for the...


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If you love the guttural power of rock mixed with the fiery flow of rap then make sure you're down and get down to Mount Maunganui next week. It'll be a night of in-your-face, loud and proud rap-orientated...


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All you lovers of the bizarre better hold on to your tin foil hats because outsider musician, actor and painter David Liebe Hart is landing in Mount Maunganui this month. Hosted by Tauranga Music Sux,...


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A delightful afternoon of operatic arias, orchestral overtures and interludes heralds the beginning of Bay of Plenty Symphonia's 2017 season. The community orchestra presents ‘It's Opera!'...


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For more than 25 years now, legendary Kiwi band Head Like A Hole have rocked stages from Gore to Kaitaia and everywhere in between.  Since bursting on to the scene in 1990, the loveable Wellington...


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An award-winning Auckland ensemble comprising of five leading early music exponents are making their way to Tauranga next month. Tauranga Musica in association with TrustPower is hosting Affetto...


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Tauranga's 16th Ave Theatre is bringing a madcap, mile-a-minute, laugh-out-loud adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous ‘Sherlock Holmes' iconic detective series to the stage. Written...


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Detour Theatre presents ‘The Wedding of the Century' live on stage from March 22 to April 8.   The staged story tells the tale of 99-year-old nun Dorothy, who has decided she wants to...


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We live in stressful times. And because of the constant pressures of life, this stress often spills over into our personal and professional relationships. With this in mind, Meditation for Modern...


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“It's very odd, I was in New Zealand in 2015, and prior to that it was 30-odd years before. Maybe I'd upset someone; to be asked back after 30 years is a long time,” laughs Legendary Scottish...


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Get ready to rock all you children in time and highway stars with New Zealand's only dedicated Deep Purple tribute band in Mount Maunganui.The gloriously hard rocking music of the legendary English outfit...


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It may come as a surprise to fans of wonderfully talented musician Anna Hawkins that she's never undertaken a solo-tour before. That's going to change this month. In celebration of the Tauranga singer/songwriter's...


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If you are hit by a mid-afternoon slump at work, a healthy lunch could be the answer to help you stay alert through to the end of the day.   A well-balanced lunch with plenty of fresh fruit...


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The romantic voices of a trio of tenors will conjure up the sultry passion and wonderful melodies of Italy on stage in Tauranga next month. The Three Tenors, Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua, Derek Hill and...


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Step right up and be entertained by a unique animal-free circus, which will be in town this February-March. There'll be clown routines, juggling, acrobatics and dance trapeze – but no animals...


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The Rocky Horror Picture Show master will be hitting the Tauranga stage in March. Katikati-based Richard O'Brien is inviting people to spend the evening with him on March 24 at Baycourt Theatre, as...


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Tauranga residents are invited to a three-day festival of music, arts and sustainability held on private farmland deep in the heart of the Waikino Valley in Waihi next month. Sundaise is a three-day...


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Tauranga residents are invited to venture over the hill for an afternoon of musical highlights, as three top New Zealand acts take to a specifically-designed pontoon for Rotary Matamata's third annual...


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“I don't know about New Zealand, it's probably similar, but in Australia the problem's at plague proportions,” rock legend Jimmy Barnes rasps over the phone. “People are dying every...


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“Is your last name really Tauranga? No it is not, c'mon! Well you know what's funny, my last name is the same as that ventriloquist guy from Los Angeles.” And thus my conversation with...


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Tony Hicks is the third part of a three-part harmony. “But only by mistake.” He's part of that distinctive amalgam of sound that is the signature of The Hollies – the 1960s pop rock...


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The International Tattoo and Art Expo is on Saturday, February 18, from 11am-10pm and Sunday, February 19, from 11am-7pm at Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre. The Weekend Sun is giving away one double pass...


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